40 Traditional Similes

40 simile examples to print. Ideal to use for adjectives and description concepts, matching games, written expression and poetry


Use these resources to teach similes in your classroom. Your students can match up the cards or make some of their own!


A4 - TAS Beginners

A4 - Vict. Pre-cursive (WA/NT/VIC)

A4 - Comic Sans

A4 - NSW Foundation

A4 - Open Dyslexic

A4 - QLD Beginners

A4 - SA Beginners

A4 - Sassoon Infant

A4 - Jarman Print

A4 - New Zealand Print

A4 - UK Cursive

US Letter - Comic Sans

US Letter - D'Nealian

US Letter - Open Dyslexic

US Letter - Zaner-Bloser

US Letter - Sassoon Primary

How to use this teaching resource

  • Print and laminate a set of the simile adjective starters and the simile noun endings – children match the simile adjective with the simile noun.
  • Print out class copies of individual simile adjective starters -children make up their own noun ending.
  • Print out individual copies of simile starters and simile endings -children cut and paste to match.
  • Brainstorm and list different nouns to match each simile adjective starter – for example as hard as….nails, rocks, ice, concrete, steel etc.
  • Make a list of Adjectives and Nouns from the similes – eg. cold ice, busy bee, warm toast, white snow, loud thunder etc…
  • Use different adjectives and nouns from our word cards to make up similes – eg .. as enormous as a dinosaur..
  • As an extension – try adding to the similes to make descriptive full sentences – great for written expression and poetry practice – eg ‘The tower was as tall as a giant.’, ‘The clouds were as white as snow.’ ‘After my bath I felt as warm as toast’
  • Just focus on one simile a week and add it to the literacy group activities each week.

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